“The Greens supported the passage of the Corrections Amendment (Breach of Parole) Bill 2013, through parliament this week, however we raised concerns as to whether the new offence of ‘breaching parole’ will be effective in preventing the horrific crimes that have been committed by some parolees in recent years,” Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik said today.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Corrections Amendment (Breach of Parole) Bill 2013 is the second bill regarding parole that has come into the Parliament in the last year. As we all know, the operation of the parole system has been the subject of much scrutiny lately, due to the commission of several terrible and tragic murders by persons on parole over the last few years. Quite rightly these have caused a high level of public concern and a demand for answers. Everyone in the Parliament and the community has been affected.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Minister for Education began his second-reading speech on the bill before us now, the Education and Training Reform Amendment (School Attendance) Bill 2013, by saying that it proposes amendments to the act: to enable enforcement of the duties of a parent to ensure the enrolment and attendance of their child at a registered school or to ensure their child is registered for homeschooling. He said the proposed amendments recognise the importance of daily school attendance for a young person to succeed in education and fulfil their life potential.
In state parliament last night, Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik called on Minister Ryan Smith to incorporate the disused Pioneer Quarry site into the Arthurs Seat State Park.
Peninsula Waste Management (PWM), owned by the R E Ross Trust have applied to Mornington Peninsula Shire to convert the old quarry into a tip for municipal, industrial, commercial and asbestos waste. There appears to be no plan for recycling at the proposed tip.
"While R E Ross himself operated quarries, including the Hillview quarry in Dromana, one of the three core purposes of the R E Ross Trust, established under his will, is ‘nature conservation with particular regard to the purchase of land for the protection and preservation of flora and fauna’,” * Ms Pennicuik said.
“The old quarry site is adjacent to Arthurs Seat State Park – a haven for eagles, kites, swamp wallabies, and many other species. It is a special and beautiful site on the escarpment with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay," Ms Pennicuik said. "It is clearly no place for a tip."
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Anthony Harris was born in 1948 in Orange. He graduated in economics from Australian National University in the late 1960s and joined Treasury. He left after a year and went to Sydney in 1971 to become a high school teacher. As early as 1982 Tony was urging the formation of the Greens in Australia, and in early 1985 a public meeting was held to form and register the Greens. Tony was the first national registered officer.The new party adopted the four founding principles of the German Greens: ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy, social justice and non-violence. They remain the party's core principles today. Eighteen months later United Tasmania Group, or the Tasmanian Greens, led by Bob Brown, joined with the NSW Greens.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. On 2 August Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) issued a media release stating that it and Swinburne University of Technology had signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to ensure the continued delivery of tertiary education at Swinburne's Prahran campus.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith. On Sunday, 25 August, I attended a rally in Dromana at the foot of Arthurs Seat State Park, which was organised by the Peninsula Preservation Group. Around 1000 people wearing red gathered to form a human sign of the words 'No tip'.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The purpose of the Fortification Removal Bill 2013 is to provide the Magistrates Court, on application by the Chief Commissioner of Police, with the power to make an order to require the removal or modification of fortifications on premises that are connected to certain criminal offences.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The University of Ballarat Amendment (Federation University Australia) Bill 2013 before us has a simple purpose, which is to change the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia, but in doing that it raises quite a number of issues. At the end of the first paragraph of the minister's second-reading speech he says:
This expansion is reflected in the university's recent announcement, together with Monash University, that the University of Ballarat intends to acquire the Monash Gippsland campus.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- One could say that the Bail Amendment Bill 2013 does not make very significant amendments to the Bail Act 1977, or you could see it the other way -- that the amendments are quite significant and in fact may raise more problems than they actually solve.